Carmel High School teachers’ past jobs may surprise students

BY PRISCILLA CABALLERO

Ever picture Mr. Grahl doing farm work on a sunny day or Mr. Granbery living in Antarctica? At one point in their lives, neither did these teachers.

Teachers at CHS roam the campus every day, but most students are not aware of the crazy experiences they had earlier in their life working. From all the jobs teachers have had, a piece of knowledge was gained from each one. Soon, these teachers stepped foot onto the Padre campus ready to teach, with no regrets.

Math teacher Kurt Grahl had some “different” experiences while working several jobs in his hometown Detroit, Michigan.

“I had a job at 7-Eleven, and the first day that I was on the job, someone stole a case of beer,” Grahl remembers. “I jumped over the counter to go after him, but I caught my flip-flop on the magazine rack so I fell on my face. Then I got up and ran barefoot after this guy through the parking lot, but he got in a getaway car.”

Grahl’s first job was actually farming in Detroit at 15 years old.

“In Michigan, I worked at a fruit-packing plant,” Grahl says. “I picked berries out in the fields for a little bit.”

Science teacher Brian Granbery had spent years circling the globe until he realized that he wanted to do what he loves the most: teaching science.

“I was a park ranger in Colorado for a few years and a wildland firefighter a couple years before,” Granbery tells. “Then I went down to Antarctica where I worked for 18 months doing research. After that, I came back and I was a sailing and a ski instructor up in Tahoe.”

AP Language and Composition teacher Whitney Grummon was 15 when she started working the first of several incredibly stressful jobs.

“I was a worker in the drive-thru at McDonald’s, a waitress in a family restaurant, a cocktail waitress in a college bar, a receptionist at a real estate office and a shipper at an L.L. Bean warehouse,” Grummon says.

After a long journey of tense employments, Grummon found the beginning of her path towards her real passion. As an aide in a special education classroom, she realized her true mission had always been working with kids.

P.E. instructor Debbie French also spent her fair share of time in the restaurant industry.

“I worked as a waitress,” French informs. “I also worked at a Carl’s Jr. for a few months.”

But like the English teacher, she soon found a job that fit her best.

“I was a preschool teacher and owned my own daycare business,” French says. “I like kids and sports, so I felt like being a P.E. teacher was a good fit for me.”

Last but not least, social studies teacher Bill Schrier had a long, illustrious career as a lawyer.

“I had three jobs as an attorney,” Schrier explains.

As it turns out, Schrier was a Navy lawyer, a federal prosecutor and worked for a large corporate law firm. Before being a lawyer, he pursued a career in chemistry and even subbed at CHS. Three years later, he got the chance to teach full-time at Carmel.

“In August 2004, I was asked to be a long term sub in chemistry at CHS, and I fell in love with teaching,” Schrier comments. “I’ve been here ever since, and one of my regrets is that I didn’t find teaching sooner. I realize that my experiences have helped me with my teaching.”